Professor Christopher R Wilson has established an international
reputation as a leading Shakespeare music scholar. His latest book,
Shakespeare’s Musical Imagery (2011) investigates
categories and thematics in musical metaphor and contextual
reference throughout the plays and poems. His Music in
Shakespeare (London and New York, 2005), is the most
comprehensive study of all the musical terms found in Shakespeare’s
complete works and is acknowledged as an indispensable reference
work for scholars and practitioners. His Music in Shakespeare
database cites every reference to music in its original
location in a play or poem. In addition to articles, reviews,
etc. in various publications world-wide, Christopher wrote the
Shakespeare entries in the New Grove Dictionary of Music
(2001) and the Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992); he was
the music consultant for the permanent exhibition at the Globe
Theatre in London; and he was the UK research associate for the
vast Shakespeare Music Catalogue project based in Canada and
published by Oxford University Press in 1991.
Professor Wilson is an internationally recognised scholar
of early modern English music/words and early modern English music
theory with research specialisms in Campion, Dowland, Rosseter,
Danyel, Coprario, Byrd and other composers and poets of the English
Renaissance. Further research activity includes 19th-century
British music/poetry, 20th-century English lyric romanticism, music
analysis, and baroque performance practice. He has served on the
Council of the Royal Musical Association, has lectured in France,
Germany, Sweden, Cyprus, USA and Canada and has broadcast on
various topics on BBC Radio 3, the Australian Broadcasting
Corporation, and Swedish National Radio. As a practitioner, he
is an oboist, keyboard player and conductor.
Associate Dean, Research.
Faculty Research Executive; REF Committee.
REF working groups; REF Committee; Ferens Fine Art Committee
Membership of national councils
- 2001-04 Council Member of The Royal Musical Association.
- 1997-98 Executive Committee of Ashmansworth Project, Finzi
- 1991-94 Proceedings Committee of The Royal Musical
- 1989-92 Council Member of The Royal Musical Association
- 1988-91 Executive Committee of The English Song Award.
- 1983-85 Committee Member of the Universities and Colleges Music
Teachers Association (now NAMHE).